When I started on this Bed Block journey it was because of the pain and sensitivity I had in my feet from a frostbite injury that continues to nag at me. Little did I know what the Bed Block would come to be useful for during today's pandemic...
In reading the newly issued guidance for COVID-19 symptoms from the CDC (click here for the update) I read that people suffering from COVID-19, the disease caused by the Coronavirus, are now showing symptoms similar to Pernio, or Chilblains, skin sores, or bumps that occur on a patient’s feet when they’re exposed to cold temperatures. This can cause pain and a burning sensation as the feet warm back up to your body temperature--and potentially for the following weeks--as the injury heals. The burning and itching sensation can make it difficult to wear socks or shoes, let alone sleep well.
According to Pulmonologist Humberto Choi, MD at the Cleveland Clinic, “[COVID toes is] a different form of [rash] manifestation and it is still not very clear what causes it. One pattern of COVID toes that people are reporting is red lesions typically on the soles. It’s possible that this is a skin reaction or caused by a small clog or micro clots in the blood vessels found in the toes.” While the uptick in cases are appearing more in teens and young adults, all age groups suffering from COVID-19 are showing increased presence of these Chillblains-like symptoms, including those who are are only mildly under the weather or asymptomatic.
“These symptoms seem to be more common in COVID-19 compared with all other viral infections,” says Dr. Choi. “But at this time, they haven’t affected a majority of people.” Hopefully we continue to see low rates of occurrence as we band together to try and snuff out COVID-19. By all calculations, cautious, safe behavior is leading to declining infection rates and lower mortality rates than originally projected. Continue to practice safety measures as directed by the CDC and we will all get through this together.
While you recover from Pernio, frostbite, or surgery, the Bed Block is a great way to relieve pressure on your feet, ankles, and legs while you sleep. Quality sleep is helpful in battling any ailment--including COVID-19--so please feel to reach out with any questions you may have so Bed Block can help!